A taste of Moorea, Tahiti

January 27, 2014

This photograph was taken on our honeymoon in 2004. Located in the South Pacific, Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia. It’s 2,700 miles from Hawaii and 3,500 miles from Australia.

Travelling to Tahiti the day after our wedding probably wasn’t the best idea we’ve ever had. But we weren’t to know our flight would be grounded just before take-off due to failed air conditioning!

Our airport welcome was like no other – it was a very happy place. There singing, dancing and garlands of tropical flowers were placed around our necks. Tahitians and visitors to the country are often seen with a flower in their hair too. It’s a tradition that if you’re single you wear a flower behind your right ear and if you’re spoken for it’s the left.

Our first stop was Tikehau in the Tuamotu Islands which is described as one of the Pacific’s best kept secrets. A beautiful beach bungalow that overlooked low-lying atolls was home for the first few days. We chilled, we snorkeled and we ate. It was our chance to slow down after a hectic few weeks and the perfect start to our honeymoon. 

The Society Islands, which include Tahiti itself, are lush and mountainous – a complete contrast to the tranquility of the Tuamoto Islands. Beaches are lined with palm trees and the turquoise lagoons are crystal clear. Moorea (Mo’orea) was formed as a volcano several million years ago and is the result of a geologic hotspot in the mantle under the oceanic plate.

Our accommodation in Moorea was an overwater bungalow with direct access into the lagoon. There you could feed the fish that darted about your legs with bread that was left by staff. At night you’d see fish swimming underneath your coffee table through a glass panel in the floor.

The two restaurants and bar served us well. One evening we got the opportunity to experience a Tahitian dance. A colourful show that mesmerised its audience with fast paced dancing and thunderous drums. The POD Father was one of the lucky visitors invited to join in!

One night we ventured out of the resort for dinner. During our walk to the restaurant we saw the ground was littered with numerous holes around ten inches in diameter. We didn’t know what they were so we crept really slowly for a time. They were crabs – giant land crabs. Hundreds of them would simultaneously dart into the ground when they sensed you approach. We ate on resort after that!

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Swimming with sharks and stingrays was our most memorable excursion. The sharks were fed while we were in the water and although slightly nerve wracking it was amazing. Stingrays are beautiful creatures – quite calming to watch. Another trip out saw us travel by jeep up the mountains. It was a hairy journey, terrifying at times, but the panoramic views from the peak were outstanding. We were rewarded by the guide in a local brewery who made us drink c.10 shots one after the other!

Tahiti is the most amazing country and the people there are wonderful. It was a truly memorable honeymoon.

We’re linking this post up with What’s The Story?, a weekly Linky that enables you to share the stories behind your photographs. The Linky for w/c 27th January 2014 is here.

Also joining The Gallery at Sticky Fingers where the prompt for this week is Rewind.

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  • Notmyyearoff January 27, 2014 at 6:36 am

    It sounds so heavenly and relaxing and that water looks amazing. Bet it was the perfect break just after your wedding. We went to the Maldives and it all sounds really similar.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

      It was wonderful Tas – I’d imagine very similar to the Maldives. I must have a root around the loft and find all the photos, this one just happened to be fairly accessible!

  • Jeannette @autismmumma January 27, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Ooh that looked amazing – apart from the crabs!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Jeannette, it really was. The crabs were very spooky!

  • Coombemill January 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Somewhere I have never been but I wish I could beam myself there to enjoy that peace just for a few hours. Looks like it is full of wonderful memories for you.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 11:58 am

      It was amazing Fiona – and very expensive! I doubt we’ll ever go anywhere like this again but I guess that’s what makes it special. If you go back to New Zealand, it’s definitely worth a look 🙂

  • Mum of One January 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

    That looks so beautiful. Sounds like an amazing place and I would love an airport welcome like that!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      It really was – the photo doesn’t really do it justice. Can you imagine an airport welcome like that at Heathrow 🙂

  • Louisa January 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    So beautiful! So jealous! We were planning on going to Bora Boa on our honeymoon but a week after we got engaged I found myself unexpected pregnant. Marriage was delayed by several years and we honeymooned in Norfolk with the kids, lovely, but not quite what we’d planned!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Aww you got a beautiful baby instead how wonderful. Norfolk is a wonderful part of the world too. I would love to go to Bora Bora one day 🙂

  • Honest Mum January 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Wow! Beautiful shot, looks like paradise!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you very much – it was incredible. Probably because it’s somewhere I’m never likely to visit again!

  • The Reading Residence January 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

    So beautiful. I now want to book a holiday to Tahiti…!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      It is amazing there Jocelyn but expensive although we did have that honeymoon mentality! Beautiful most definitely 🙂

  • Kate Williams January 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Oh my goodness it looks amazing! I’m going to pretend that’s the view from where I am now ;o)

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      What a wonderful thought Kate, wouldn’t that be nice 🙂

  • Dean January 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Ah… looks amazing and warm! Oh to be somewhere warm and sunny right now 🙂 My husband didn’t have much time off from work after we got married… So instead we chose a place where we both would love. Went to Hay-on-Wye and went home with a car load of books. Hahaha. Hey, that’s my What’s The Story post for next week! 🙂 xx

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Brilliant I look forward to reading all about it Dean. Yours sounds lovely and peaceful – I bet it was great too. How wonderful to see sunshine now, wish it would hurry up and come back 🙂

  • Actually Mummy... January 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

    This has given me a whole different take on What’s the Story? As I read this I was reminded of a trip we took to the Maldives, and I’m thinking I should share some of the stories of our lives before the children. If my blog is a legacy for my kids (and that was the original idea!) then they ought to have the chance to understand their parents a little better, and know something about life before they were born. Epiphany!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Hehe I love doing What’s The Story? posts on our travels before POD arrived. It’s so nice looking back on them as well. Definitely get writing Mrs, would love to hear about the old days 🙂

  • Wicked World of Lucas January 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Love reading your posts so much and what a fab honeymoon this must have been. Those crabs sound a bit scary though……………… #whatsthestory

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much Cathie, what a lovely thing to say. Those crabs were rather scary – worse probably because it was dark!

  • Ninja Cat January 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    OOOh what an amazing place

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you Claire, it was fabulous *dreams of being there*

  • Mummy of Two January 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    What an amazing place to honeymoon! It looks so beautiful.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      It really was – the view of the lagoon was something else. I must find the photos, they’re in the loft somewhere!

  • modelmummy January 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I love to read about your travels. Wow looks amazing in Moorea.
    I would of loved to have seen food piccies!
    I wish i could go there – for now i will just look at your pictures!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you very much – it was wonderful there. Now I would take photos of everything but then I didn’t. Too busy eating and drinking 🙂

  • Hellie's Corner January 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    It looks and sound amazing, we could do with some of that sun over here.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Wouldn’t that be nice – come on sunshine! Fabulous place *dreams*

  • Kate @ Family Fever January 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, what a totally beautiful photo with a great story behind it!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you very much Kate 🙂

  • WallyMummy January 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    wow – I would love to go to Tahiti! One on the bucket list for sure… so beautiful xx

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      It is amazing there and the people were so nice – definitely pop it on your bucket list 🙂

  • Emmys Mummy January 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    It looks so peaceful there. It’s on my wishlist when the kids are older – not that they would be coming mind you 😉

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      It was just fabulous there, there’s something rather lovely about the sunshine and a lagoon. Perhaps we’re all just hoping for better weather!

  • Sam @happyhomebird January 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    A proper adventure! Overwater bungalows – amazing. I would have loved to see all the fish. Looks gorgeous.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      It really was Sam, just fabulous. Loved the overwater bungalow, everything was so pretty 🙂

  • Iona@redpeffer January 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Oh my that looks amazing-it’s one of my ambitions to stay somewhere like that. Maybe one day! You’ve certainly had sone amazing travelling experiences.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Iona – it was an unforgettable honeymoon that’s for sure. Get it on your bucket list 🙂

  • Kara January 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds heavenly……..never been on a holiday like this or without the children, would love to go one day

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I’m sure you will Kara once they’re bigger. We did lots of travel before POD arrived, just one holiday since 🙂

  • anna m January 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    beautiful picture! it sounds amazing

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you Anna, was wonderful 🙂

  • Vicky January 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Oh my word, this sounds idylic – apart from the crabs – ahhhh! Beautiful pictures x

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you Vicky – it really was (apart from the crabs!)

  • Pinkoddy January 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    You have such wonderful memories – good job I know my left from my right as we intend to visit these sorts of places when the children are bigger.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      You definitely should one day, such an amazing experience. We just need to find a way to create some with POD 🙂

  • Jenny @ The Brick Castle January 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I don’t know if I’d be very ken on those crabs! The rest sounds incredibly beautiful and special though 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      The crabs were spooky Jenny, quite scary in the dark! A wonderful place though – inside the resort!

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) January 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, that sounds idyllic! I have to go there… In about 20 years when all the kids are off my hands (in as much as they ever will be!).

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      I think that’s when we’ll probably go away again! It’s much nearer to you too 🙂

  • Sarah (@tamingtwins) January 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Oh I loved reading this post and seeing the beautiful blue sea on this grey day at home. What a wonderful honeymoon. You’ve inspired me to share some old memories in future What’s the Story weeks 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      You really should Sarah – love reading posts with old photos. Have done quite a lot of pre-POD travel ones but people write posts based on history too. Fascinating!

  • YouBabyMeMummy January 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Oh that looks so beautiful x

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • sarah January 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    i love your travel photographs! that looks amazing!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Sarah – just goes to show how technology has changed though doesn’t it!

  • Mums do travel January 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    How wonderful and what a perfect place for a honeymoon.

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂

  • Globalmouse January 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, that looks gorgeous. We went to the Cook Islands a few years ago which was also beautiful. I would love to jump into that water right now!!

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Oh how fabulous, I bet the Cook Islands are wonderful. Shame the UK doesn’t have these views and temperatures 🙂

  • Agata Pokutycka January 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I would love to experience swimming with sharks – I hope one day I will

    • Charly Dove January 27, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      I’m sure you will – it was memorable I’ll say that much 🙂

  • Mary @over40andamumtoone January 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    That looks beautiful. I stayed in a water bungalow in the Maldives, it was great for a no swimmer to just peer over the side and see loads of colourful fish without even needing to get wet!

    • Charly Dove January 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      That sounds utterly divine Mary – it’s quite similar I’m sure. I’d love to do the Maldives one day 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT January 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Oh I wish I was there right now. It sounds heavenly!

    • Charly Dove January 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      You and me both 🙂

  • Funky Wellies January 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    That looks SO gorgeous… *sigh*
    Would love to escape the winter by going there! 😉 xx

    • Charly Dove January 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      It really was Katia – a truly unforgettable place *ponders lottery win*

  • Aisha from expatlog January 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Wow! That’s gotta be tough to beat!

    • Charly Dove January 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Not sure we’ll ever be able to Aisha – I guess that’s what makes it special 🙂

  • Helen @ Peakle Pie January 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

    It looks beautiful! I must admit I like the ‘crab’ story because it is something that you will never forget!

    • Charly Dove January 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Very true Helen – the crabs will never be forgotten!

  • Dragonsfypoppy January 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Oh Charly that sounds awesome. You really should write a travel book you know? I have seen images like yours in brochures and always wondered what it would be like in real life! Those crabs sound interesting! xx

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      That’s a lovely thing to say but I really don’t that would sell! It was an amazing place, if we ever go anywhere like this again it would be amazing 🙂

  • Mama Syder January 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Wow, it looks and sounds amazing! xxx

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Helen (SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present) January 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    That looks like a fantasy honeymoon. You can bet it hasn’t changed a bit. Gorgeous!

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      I do hope it’s the same Helen, would be such a shame otherwise 🙂

  • Emily @amummytoo January 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve never been anywhere like that. It looks absolutely stunning and a perfect place for a honeymoon.

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      I’m sure you will Emily – wonderful experience 🙂

  • Erica Price January 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Looks amazing! I’d love to stay in one of those overwater bungalows one day.

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      If you ever get the opportunity Erica then do, amazing 🙂

  • suzanne3childrenandit January 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Take me there – immediately! This looks like my idea of heaven 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      I wish! You would love it there Suzanne *hopes for lottery win*

  • jenny paulin January 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    wow what a paradise! it looks like a page from a travel/holiday brochure. i would have loved ot have enjoyed a holiday in a place like that – i remember dreaming about it in my 20’s but nowadays my idea of a holiday is Butlins lol! i bet it still looks a tranquil now 10 years later x x

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      It’s funny how things change when you have children isn’t it. I’d be quite happy with any kind of holiday now to be honest! I do hope its the same 🙂

  • HelpfulMum January 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Wow. That looks absolutely stunning! The huge crab holes sound rather scary though!

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      The speedy crabs and their holes were quite possibly the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen! Beautiful resort though 🙂

  • Susan Mann January 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What great pictures and story x

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you Susan 🙂

  • Louise January 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    such a relaxing photo and the perfect honeymoon, love it! x #thegallery

    • Charly Dove January 30, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you Louise 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle February 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    How amazing – what a gorgeous place to visit for your honeymoon, just beautiful. We went to the Maldives for ours, a holiday of a life time, it was fantastic. X

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